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North Country politicians are putting forward a bill that would repeal several aspects of the states controversial gun control law known as the SAFE Act. The legislation, proposed by Assemblyman Marc W. Butler, R-Newport, would limit the SAFE Act’s restrictions only to New York City, while rolling back this attack on the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen throughout the rest of the state. For details see story at

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Keep the SAFE act in place only if Cuomo resigns as governor and admits all his illegal activities.

March 20 7:59 a.m.


Nothing more than red meat to keep some base voters ginned up. The constitutional "experts" will now chime in with the old what part "shall not be infringed upon..." echo. I guess that means anyone, any age, any background can possess any firearm and have it with them anywhere. What part of infringement do they not get? Every home-grown terrorist and nut job out there is somebody's son/grandson. People do not grow on trees, so just passing firearms as if they were grandpas favorite books is absurd. States like NY with restrictive gun laws have the fewest homicides from guns and states like Montana, Wyoming, Alaska and the like, with the least restrictive gun laws have the HIGHEST deaths due to firearms according to the FBI. Only in the right wing wacko world of “Alternative Facts” does that not matter. Butler is playing his crowd for fools, and it works. Not going to happen.

March 20 6:27 a.m.


Repeal the second amendment! Its outdated much like number 19 and 22.

March 20 4:33 a.m.


It was illegally passed with no input from constituents and has imposed a huge imposition on handgun owners as well as law enforcement. GET RID OF IT.

March 19 12:24 p.m.


Yes, but the whole thing is unconstitutional and therefore null and void.

March 19 9:35 a.m.


Government over-reach that doesn't solve the underlying issues.

March 19 7:51 a.m.


Ask the families of the 1st graders and their teachers murdered in Newton, Conn. Has the NRA no shame?

March 19 7:20 a.m.


It's mostly the liberals in NYC supporting this bill. Let them have it, but give our rights back to the rest of us in this state.

March 19 6:43 a.m.


Repeal it all for all of the state. Right to bear arms, folks!

March 18 11:31 p.m.


I feel Cuomo should be impeached, also next to his uncle he is the worst governor we ever had. I’m not one of his sheep.

March 18 3:55 p.m.


The SAFE act isn't enough to stem the slaughter caused by guns. Deaths from guns has now surpassed the annual rate of auto accidents. Over 30,000 people, almost half are children, die from guns each year. The big differences between guns and other items used in killings, they do it at distances others can't achieve and at a faster rate than any other weapon. Guns are a by-product of war and have no place in a home, especially one with children. I believe many gun owners that stockpile ammunition may be suffering from lead poisoning and would be deemed mentally unfit to own a gun.

March 18 3:50 p.m.


With the exception of the mental health section, nothing in the Safe Act has made us safer. Politicians know this, but love to con the public into thinking they are actually doing something when they are not.

March 18 1:46 p.m.


There are enough gun control laws already on the books. Any further gun restriction is only an attempt to undermine the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.

March 18 12:37 p.m.


It's confusing, as a gun permit holder with a concealed privilege for 35 years, to try to make sense of what the whole controversy really is. Simply put... YES all gun owners should have to be to registered to prove they are law-abiding citizens without having a history of mental impairment or documented to be a danger to self or others. In regards to where is the rationale WHY they, as a gun owner, should feel they should have the unalienable right to be able to add an AK-47 assault rifle or even an UZI assault pistol to their collection if they wanted to? With that said, and if they still can't see the sense there, why I would assume their mentality would then challenge, hmmm why not simply go for the complete "wish-list collection" to have the rights to add a rocket launcher to their gun rack! One has to remember that these unalienable rights were written when one-shot muskets were utilized, and there wasn't a depraved crime wave society of two centuries later. It should be remembered though statistically, the gun crimes done today are not done with registered gun owners, but street-bought firearms. That's where the center of focus should be and maximized to the fullest extent of the law .

March 18 12:36 p.m.


Stop punishing law abiding citizens.

March 18 10:31 a.m.


Absolutely support the legislation. Even if I agreed with the current SAFE Act, I am jacked to the manner in which it was passed by the governor's backdoor political agenda. That's reason enough to repeal a law.

March 18 10:12 a.m.


It's about time someone recognized the differences between "the city" and the rest of the state -- now if someone could really recognize that the North Country is a special part of the "upstate" designation.

March 18 9:13 a.m.


Only the military should have real assault weapons and no one should be buying ammunition via the Internet.

March 18 8:45 a.m.


The 2nd Amendment is an obsolete law. It needs to be updated to reflect our current government. The militia is now called our Armed Forces. Unless you are serving you don't need a gun.

March 17 7:12 p.m.


He should be spending his time figuring out how to get some decent jobs to this area. A 7.8 percent unemployment rate is nothing to brag about! He's just another “fake” man needing a BIG gun to compensate for lack of a BIG “gun” elsewhere!

March 17 4:10 p.m.


No, I do not. New York has one of the best safety ratings in the country when it comes to gun violence and that is a direct result of our strong gun laws that limit access. When you compare U.S. rates to the civilized world, we have hideous number of gun death and gun-related violence. Hardly a day goes by where a toddler doesn't gain access to an unsecured gun somewhere in the country and shoot him or herself, a sibling or playmate, or a parent. Guns are often used in domestic violence incidents, often in the home, and death by gun suicide rates are also high. NYS's SAFE Act is an important tool in fighting this kind of gun violence and we should leave it intact.

March 17 2:06 p.m.


Andy and his gang have done a gross disservice to the many fine gun-owners, hunters and shooters in this state. Pushed through legislation that our representatives had no chance of debating and look at the mess he caused. What is good for "the city" and supported by the millions of scared people there is not a law that fits the rest of the state. Repeal it!

March 17 1:03 p.m.


No, crime is less of an issue in NYS, but laws need to uniformly apply to all. If a partial repeal is proposed and passed, it should apply statewide, not just in NNY or any other sub-region of the state.

March 17 10:50 a.m.


It's a start. One thing we had better get from the conservative government currently in power is the full recognition of the right to keep and bear arms, and for that right to not be infringed. All restrictive laws on that right need to be struck down.

March 17 10:17 a.m.


New York City continues to believe it is the only region in the state. Upstate, and especially North Country people don't even exist to them. Most laws and regulations that are written to address NYC issues do not apply upstate. We need to recognize this difference, and repeal the Safe Act.

March 17 9:13 a.m.


Totally agree it should have never been passed. It was completed and passed by three people and, by the way, two of them are in prison now.

March 17 8:41 a.m.


SAFE Act isn't a law in my eyes. I am sure there are over 1 million unregistered so called "assault rifles" in NY. This law was a bust. It has not saved one life. Also, lets get rid of "Judge" Richards. St. Lawrence County turned red for the Presidential election. Let's oust his liberal stamp on our CCWPs.

March 17 7:40 a.m.


The so called "Safe act" was just an other step by the Big Apple to enforce their will on the rest of the state. It is nothing but a HUGE mistake and infringement on the second amendment of the constitution! Repeal it completely or at least restrict it to the area that brought out this bad infringment.

March 17 4:45 a.m.


Thank you Mr. Butler for your efforts in repealing an act that should have never been passed in the first place. Remember Assemblywoman Addie Russell voted in favor of this act against the will of her constituents.

March 16 6:12 p.m.


It's about time someone does something about this!

March 16 5:03 p.m.


This law was never legal passed in middle of the night with no public in put it is about time someone acted to change this!!!!!

March 16 3:56 p.m.


NYC has long been a gun free zone and it's almost impossible to possess a firearm within the city limits, unless of course you are a criminal. But that's their problem, not ours here in the upstate regions. The simple classification of a weapon is done by certain features like pistol grips, muzzle flash protectors, detachable clips and magazines, and any sort of modifications that may LOOK like a military style weapon. Again only criminals possess these types of firearms illegally. Good, safe, and responsible gun owners and sportsmen that are law abiding are not the problem and the only ones effected by the so called safe act, not the criminals who do as they please. It's time to point the finger in the right direction and stop making more restrictions, regulations and laws that serve no purpose other then allow the state to data base all the legal gun ownership. And that only paves the way to even more problems far above the hundreds of laws already on the books. Confiscation is the next step, when that happens only the criminals will have access to guns and leaves the good citizens at their mercy.

March 16 1:40 p.m.


About time. This is a NYC issue!

March 16 1:04 p.m.


F--- guns.

March 16 11:51 a.m.


The SAFE Act in it's present form does not keep people safer!

March 16 11:01 a.m.


Absolutely! Enforce the laws we already had on the books prior to the SAFE Act debacle. Criminals don't obey existing laws, who in their right mind would think they would obey additional laws?

March 16 10:36 a.m.


The second amendment calls for a "well regulated militia." I completely support using guns for sport. Some ammosexuals go a little overboard though.

March 16 9:13 a.m.


100 percent for it.

March 16 8:28 a.m.


This nation was built on guns! When the Angel Macaroni led Patton and his men across the frozen Missouri River to defeat the Japanese at Valley Forge, he did it with guns! If more Americans (and by that I of course mean white, Christian, heterosexual men) had more access to guns, there would be less poverty and gooder morals! Trump!

March 16 8:20 a.m.


It doesn't matter what laws you have, if someone wants to use a gun for evil purposes, they will find a way to do it and your laws won't mean s---. Your laws only penalize those who have good intensions with guns.

March 16 8:18 a.m.


Full repeal.

March 16 7:33 a.m.


All law abiding gun owners want this.

March 16 7:31 a.m.


Yes, most hunters and gun users in the North Country are law abiding citizens who take care in their sport.

March 16 7:10 a.m.


It should be repealed in its entirety because if will not stop violence and any future gun crimes. It only affects the legitimate gun owner that has never caused any crime. It creates more problems then solving any.

March 15 7:21 p.m.


Anytime firearms control legislation is written, it is usually scribed by people who don't know the difference between a magazine and a clip, or who somehow perceive that if a firearm is black or has a pistol grip that it is somehow inherently dangerous, and more dangerous than some other weapon. The weapon is just a tool. If it is in the hands of a whacko, then it makes the whacko more dangerous than he would be without it, but the same can be said for a baseball bat. The police are easily 30 minutes away from your home during an assault or invasion, if you can even contact them, in this part of the country. They will only arrive in time to clean up the mess more often than not. Having firearms and competence to use them can protect you and your family and you are blatantly irresponsible if you don't do your part as a citizen and own them. Gun control legislation takes away that responsibility, that right. Don't trust your safety to liberal pants wetters from downstate who need the infrastructure of the suburbs and a WholeFoods on every corner to survive day to day. Repeal the SAFE act and its ridiculous and ineffectual restrictions, before it becomes long seated and opens up the doors to total control and confisication of your right to protect yourself. In closing, remember, the second amendment, was the right granted us for the sake of honesty and politeness. It keeps the government honest and neighbors polite.

March 15 6:12 p.m.



March 15 5:21 p.m.


Absolutley. This is a very reasonable request. This gentleman is representing the masses of upstate NY. A true representative of the people.

March 15 4:34 p.m.


Common sense almost always gets my vote.

March 15 4:18 p.m.


A judge admitted that the law does nothing to reduce crime, but left it intact because, "it makes some people feel safer."

March 15 3:02 p.m.


We have a right to bear arms. The bad guys will get guns no matter what the laws are.

March 15 2:51 p.m.


As a owner and user of firearms, I have mixed feelings about this repeal attempt. I am in favor of repealing the ammunition purchase restrictions and database. I am not in favor of easing background checks related to purchase. I am not in favor of eased storage requirements. I am not in favor of changing AR related legislation. I am not in favor of restricting the SAFE Act to NYC. I object to the way that the SAFE Act was pushed through and I do believe that there are elements that are too restrictive, but by in large I believe that owners of firearms have an obligation to purchase legally, store safely and own responsibly. The firearms I use are for hunting, clay and target shooting. I see no purpose for ownership of what can only be categorized as weapons. I am 100% in favor of requiring background checks for all purchases. I want to know if I am buying a legal firearm. I don't understand why anyone would take a risk on an illegal purchase. Improve the SAFE Act but do not neuter it. Finally, I am in favor of enforcing existing laws. Pre-SAFE law was not adequately enforced or prosecuted.

March 15 12:35 p.m.


Completely support. It's about time we have a real representative for the North Country. The safe act has been proven to not be worth the paper it's on. How can we get legislation to repeal Addie. Maybe we can get a new governor who will listen to the people he represents. Thank you to people who understand and listen to us. Let's turn new York red again.

March 15 12:30 p.m.


Addie Jenne should be sponsoring this bill in the assembly! Support your constituents!

March 15 11:54 a.m.


Depends what the change in laws are for rest of state?

March 15 11:53 a.m.


The Safe Act is anything but. Simply a feel-good bill with zero impact on actual crime, and a violation of the Constitution.

March 15 9:53 a.m.


The SAFE act should be repealed completely, including NYC.

March 15 9:53 a.m.


I feel Mr. Butler and Mr. Blakenbush truly have our backs here in the North Country. Unlike others (Jenne) who wants to pass a now snow on your car law. Those lawmakers with heated garages have NO CLUE what the North Country is really like. The Dumocrats will never admit to a not well thought out new law they pass. Like this 3-month burn ban with 2-feet of snow everywhere, retarded.

March 15 9:29 a.m.


I do support it but I don't like the fact that they are keeping it! The fact of the matter is, it is unconstitutional. Every citizen of this country has the God given right to defend and protect them selves and the 2nd amendment is the protection of that right. It is not constitutional. and therefore the law is null and void. Per our Constitution!

March 15 8:53 a.m.


Keep NYC legislation in NYC, those values are not here in upstate NY. Keep it in your city.

March 15 8:27 a.m.


Never should have made it in as legislation Cuomo's got go.

March 15 8:26 a.m.


The sneaky underhanded unconstitutional SAFE Act was adopted as a knee jerk reaction to an incident that happened in another state. Criminals do not abide by gun laws or any laws for that matter. The SAFE Act serves nothing other than to get a list of gun owners in preparation of confiscation.

March 15 8:05 a.m.


Unfortunately I doubt it will get anywhere, but kudos to them for trying.

March 15 8:04 a.m.


SAFE Act is a farse.

March 15 6:16 a.m.


The SAFE Act is just knee jerk feel good legislation that does not make New York safer and only effects law abiding citizens.

March 15 5:57 a.m.


Criminals do not care what laws they break so the safe act will not deter them. The SAFE Act has put an undo burden on law abiding citizens and has unfairly placed good people in a position were they must chose to obey a very bad law or to disregard that law and face life changing consequences. Maybe it is time to remind our governor that he serves us the people -- we do not serve him.

March 15 5:37 a.m.


I doubt they will get anywhere. The SAFE act is unconstitutional. It is unconstitutional in the entire state, not just the North Country. Since the SAFE act made me a criminal, I have not had to worry about any gun laws, things are much simpler now. I hope the SAFE act is tossed in the garbage where it belongs.

March 15 1:17 a.m.


This is 'MURICA! I'll do want anyway!

March 15 12:07 a.m.


He is a bone head.

March 14 8:27 p.m.


NY City should be it's own state.

March 14 8:21 p.m.



March 14 7:04 p.m.


Yes and Little Mario and Jude Jerome Richards also. Dont know how Richards was re-elected in the first place?

March 14 7:01 p.m.


The SAFE Act only affects law abiding citizens, and makes it easier for criminals to commit crimes, criminals don't fear cops, they fear armed resistance from their would-be victims, most of the worst mass shootings in the news happen in gun free zones, selected by nutcases because nobody could posed any resistance. Criminals will get guns they may bring into area from elsewhere, steal from police (very common), or even make their own -- in 40 hours an average person can build a submachine gun with only some common hardware, a drill, hacksaw and files; they are called Chechnian firecrackers and used where guns are illegal. The U.S. doesn't see many because guns are already easy to get. the safe act only akes things easier for violent criminals. so yes I support the repeal of the SAFE Act

March 14 6:15 p.m.


Take all the crazies' guns anyway, fine by me.

March 14 6:07 p.m.


If there is no list of buyers, how can violent shootings be tracked back to the weapon?

March 14 3:44 p.m.


The SAFE Act does nothing to criminals only affects legal law abiding citizens.

March 14 2:54 p.m.


100% NYC should not dictate to the rest of the state. We are of a very different mindset, maybe would should secede from the City altogether!

March 14 12:55 p.m.


"Controversial," don't you mean "Un-Constitutional?" Another Cuomo flop!

March 14 12:46 p.m.


Repeal the whole thing.

March 14 10:37 a.m.


This "law" state is really getting out of hand!

March 14 9:36 a.m.


It never should have been passed in the first place. NYC is an entirely different culture than the rest of the state and should be its own entity. Then, they can pass any stupid laws they want. I have the right to protect my family from wild animals that threaten it. Being a small woman, there are rifles I could use without the kick that are now banned. Thanks NYC.

March 14 9:13 a.m.


Now let's watch Andrew and the other downstate libs work to kill it.

March 14 9:00 a.m.


It should never have been enacted in the first place.

March 14 7:05 a.m.


Any member of the legislature that voted to impose the original act needs removal from office immediately, if not sooner.

March 14 5:53 a.m.


Absolutely support this. The "SAFE Act" is just another example of NY City dictating their will upon the rest of the state.

March 14 5:51 a.m.


Very definitely, yes! I DO support this proposed legislation! Thank You!

March 14 1:37 a.m.


The SAFE Act has done nothing to improve safety in upstate NY. NYC already has a gun ban and it is ignored by criminals, only law abiding citizens are affected by more gun laws!

March 13 7:17 p.m.


I think we should distance our self New York city and keep our laws let Cuomo govern NY City.

March 13 7:02 p.m.


How do any of these provisions keep anyone from owning a gun? It seems the opponents to this legislation want unfettered second amendment rights. The SAFE Act's restrictions might well be worth the 20% reduction of lives lost outside of NYC.

March 13 7:00 p.m.


Does not go far enough in protecting our rights but its a start.

March 13 4:39 p.m.


It's time to get rid of the safe act upstate. It has done nothing to make NY safe.

March 13 4:36 p.m.


North Country politicians should spend their time on something more useful to the area like economic development.

March 13 4:26 p.m.


Repeal all gun laws. We are becoming a country of people with NO rights! We have a self made dictator for a president. Soon he will take away everything. You might want your guns people!

March 13 4:26 p.m.


Good luck with that. It's never going away.

March 13 3:12 p.m.


The SAFE Act has prevented gun deaths in NY. The Gun Nuts need to be stopped!

March 13 2:58 p.m.


Yes, I would support this legislation. Ideally, the entire SAFE Act would be repealed, as it is a gross over-reach of power by Andrew Cuomo. The passing of the SAFE Act in 2013 was an eye-opening event, as our state law makers had a secret meeting during the night which led to the passing of this unconsitutional, and at the time of passing, horribly flawed legislation. It is a sad day when bills like this can be passed without so much as a public discussion while being full of errors.

March 13 2:51 p.m.


Does anyone else see the bias in this question?

March 13 2:50 p.m.


I do support firearms training and even licensing for the user. But the registration of firearms period, is too Nazi for me. The AR platform rifles are possibly the best and most modular platform of any gun ever manufactured to ban it flatly is not right.

March 13 2:43 p.m.


Who worded this question? You forgot "evil anti-gun, pro-criminal assassins of our constitutional rights..."

March 13 2:39 p.m.


Long overdue for the unconstitutional Cuomo anti-gun act to be repealed and buried.

March 13 2:32 p.m.


Who says it's an attack on all law-abiding gun owners? Certainly not those who have lost loved ones to a mass killing, usually by a person who shouldn't have had access to a gun in the first place!

March 13 2:25 p.m.


Of course, shouldn't have been allowed in the first place.

March 13 2:08 p.m.


Absolutely support this proposed legislation. I also would like to see conceal/carry permits approved for residents of St. Lawrence County just like the neighboring counties issue.

March 13 1:46 p.m.


Absolutely... North Country residents have nothing in common with NYC.

March 13 12:50 p.m.


It's about time something was done!

March 13 12:38 p.m.


Yes, but I ignore the unconstitutional "SAFE Act" anyway. Let's get the "Outdoor Sportsman" restrictions removed from our CCWP in St. Lawrence county while we are at it. I also propose open carry so all of the meth heads around here can see people are carrying and deter them from any crime. A bullet is far cheaper than any trial.

March 13 12:29 p.m.


The liberals will take everything our country represents if they get their way. So tired of their temper tantrums. I have never seen so many immature, unruly criminal-minded people. I am so glad I changed my vote to Republican. I will never vote Democrat again. They are a bunch of government leeches!

March 13 12:04 p.m.


End the entire Act. It's unconstitutional.

March 13 11:48 a.m.


Keep us safe from gun nuts!

March 13 11:44 a.m.


Let's extend the wall to cut across the state, just above Albany. We need those people like we need a hole in the head, especially Cuomo and Schumer.

March 13 11:33 a.m.


Cuomo's gotta go. He's nothing but a crook, ya know.

March 13 11:32 a.m.


Mr. Butler is absolutely right -- the SAFE Act needs to be repealed. Furthermore, the repeal should include all of NYS, including the city. Permits should be honored in NYC as well, unlike currently. Also, Judge Richards needs to issue full rights permits to people who pass all the background checks. I don't mind restrictions, but when no one is allowed to get a CCW permit in St. Lawrence County, something is wrong.

March 13 10:56 a.m.


Politicians won't be happy until all gun safety regulations are removed which in turn allows for more killings in USA. Just the same as President Trump has repealed the law that prevented people diagnosed with mental health issues from obtaining guns. This is so shocking as clearly it has been proven individuals with these issues have committed so many murders in this country.

March 13 10:44 a.m.


Let the people make some of the decisions on the laws most people in government are very unhanded.

March 13 10:42 a.m.


Yes, NYC already has their Sullivan Law which keeps anyone not issued a NYC permit from having a gun there. As far as I’m concerned, anything that lifts the ridiculous and ineffective law, which wash passed in a midnight session with no chance for public comment let's remember, is a good start!

March 13 10:33 a.m.


Definitely yes. This law has done nothing -- repeat, nothing -- to further protect the citizens. There are existing laws, and procedures, that would address any violations... they only need to be enforced! Of the arrests that have been made under the SAFE Act, most of them have occurred in the NYC areas. It is about time our government, and especially our Governor, quit reacting to everything with a knee-jerk response! I firmly believe the only reason Cuomo pushed the SAFE Act through was to help groom himself in the eyes of the voters for when he runs for the White House.

March 13 10:31 a.m.


Democrats are trying to take away our ability to protect ourselves and our families while at the same time they are making the country less safe.

March 13 10:30 a.m.


NYC needs to stay in NYC. Soon the Adirondacks will be NYC's version of what they think wild is. These (Yuppies) are pushing us out of our own lands!

March 13 10:29 a.m.


The SAFE Act must be repealed! If it is not repealed, it should be challenged to the Supreme Court as a 2nd Amendment violation.

March 13 10:27 a.m.


In the first place, I have never considered the SAFE Act an attack on my Second Amendment rights; in the second, why would it be proposed to repeal it in the counties excluding the five boroughs?

March 13 10:16 a.m.


Absolutely not. I have read the SAFE Act, and there is nothing there that should be repealed. It has not had any effect on gun ownership in the North Country based on the number of weapons out there. I don't see why the gun owners even oppose the SAFE Act other than ignorance of what little it actually does.

March 13 10:09 a.m.


According to our second admendment, New York City isn't an exception. Repeal it for all, in NYS!

March 13 9:59 a.m.


There is nothing in the SAFE Act that prevents gun owners their Second Amendment rights including those that use legal weapons for hunting or protection of persons or their property. Let's be real here and join the world in the 21st Century.

March 13 9:57 a.m.


I hope it passes.

March 13 9:42 a.m.


Guns for kids, old people and the handicapped.

March 13 9:37 a.m.